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Support Task: Rework Floor Person



A rework floor person manually reworks damaged or improperly processed items. This may include trimming, washing, and salvaging parts. Often, employees receive work from tubs and then replace them onto the shackle.

Hazards of this task may include:


Bending at the waist to reach into tub
Hazardous Situation:
Repeatedly bending forward and reaching out away from the body stresses the back even if there is little being lifted because the upper body must be supported. When loads are being lifted, bending over at the waist increases the distance the load is held away from the body and increases the stress placed on the back.
Possible Solutions:
  • Automate the movement of product to rework areas so reaching into tubs is not necessary.
  • Use a tilter dumper to elevate and tilt so the contents are continually moved forward toward the employee and are maintained at about waist height at all times.
  • Use a tub dumper at the workstation to empty contents on the conveyor.
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Reaching to the shackles
Hazardous Situation:
Workers must reach to the shackles to place reworked product for further processing. Reaching creates stress on the arms, shoulders, neck, and back.
Possible Solutions:
  • Install height-adjustable stands so employees can properly position themselves.
  • Install automatic machines and insure they are working properly.
  • Rotate workers to tasks that use different parts of the body or that work at a slower pace.
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Ergonomic hazards from use of knives
Hazardous Situation:
Workers use a knife to perform some trimming and cleaning functions. Most knives have a straight, in-line design. Using this type of knife on a horizontal cutting surface forces the employees to bend their wrists to perform the cut. Bending the wrist while exerting finger force is stressful to the tendons and muscles of the hand and forearm. Factors such as poorly fitting gloves, slick handles, inappropriately sized handles, or dull knives increase the force that must be used. Minimize finger force and bending of the wrist when performing cutting tasks.
Possible Solutions:
  • Keep knives sharp and in good condition.
  • Remove damaged knives from service.
  • Use knives appropriate for the task
  • Provide properly sized gloves.
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Ergonomic hazards from use of scissors
Hazardous Situation:
Workers may use scissors to trim and clean product. Scissors can cause ergonomic stress on the hands and fingers, which results in nerve and tendon damage to the hand and forearm.
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Reaching across high and/or wide work surface
Hazardous Situation:
Employees repeatedly reach across a conveyor or work table to obtain product for processing. Repetitive reaching stresses the shoulder and upper back, and may require bending at the waist, which can stress the lower back.
Possible Solutions:
  • Use diverter bars to push product closer to employee.
  • Reduce width of table so product is presented closer to employee.
  • Position work fixtures so all activities of the task can be performed with the elbows in close to the torso.
  • Tilt work surface so product slides to employee.
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